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University of Wyoming Extension Master Gardener Program

Online Master Gardener Training September 7 - December 7, 2021

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Registration: $150

Your registration fee includes an electronic (pdf) copy of your book - Sustainable Horticulture for Wyoming: A Master Gardener Handbook. You also have access to approximately 40 hours of training. You can attend live classes weekly or watch class recordings when it is convenient for you.

University of Wyoming Extension Master Gardener program is an extensive training and volunteer program focused on gardening and horticultural production in Wyoming. If you have a passion for gardening and want to learn more, the Master Gardener program is for you! For those who also want to give back to their communities through volunteer service, you would be joining a group of over 200 volunteers who support locally grown produce, beautiful communities to live in, and who share a common interest - Gardening!

Throughout this 13 week training you will learn from UW Extension educators and specialists with years of experience in their fields. Whether you are a new gardener or you have had dirt under your fingernails for years, you will take away knowledge, skills and the ability to successfully grow plants in your landscapes and gardens in Wyoming's uniquely challenging growing environment. 


How This Class Works


WyoLearn is the platform used by University of Wyoming Extension for online program delivery. After you register for the class and create a WyoLearn account, you will login to WyoLearn to access live classes, class recordings, and additional resources. 

Live Classes 6-9 PM on Tuesdays, September 7 - December 7, 2021

Weekly classes are live on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 PM. You will learn from University of Wyoming Extension Specialists and Educators who are subject matter experts with years of experience in their fields. Live classes allow instructors to teach as well as interact with you and answer your questions. Class recordings will be available within 48 hours after the live class. Classes are live, using the Zoom videoconference program. You need to create a Zoom account in order to attend the live classes. Zoom is accessible using a computer, smart phone, or tablet. You can create a free Zoom account here:

Class Recordings

Classes are recorded and will be made available for you to view within 48 hours of the live class. Links to view recordings are found in each module.  You will have access to these videos for at least 12 months.

Class Schedule

Live classes are Tuesdays from 6-9 PM

Sept 7 – Introduction and Overview of the Master Gardener Program

Sept 14 – Basic Botany

Sept 21 – Soils, Fertility and Composting

Sept 28 – Season Extension – High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, Row Covers, Cold Frames

Oct 5 – Growing Vegetables and Herbs

Oct 12 – Fruit Trees and Berry Crops

Oct 19 – Herbaceous Plants

Oct 26 – Woody Plants

Nov 2 – Lawn Care

Nov 9 – Integrated Pest Managment 

Nov 16 – Plant Diseases and Diagnosing Plant Problems

Nov 23 – No Class (Thanksgiving week)

Nov 30 – Entomology

Dec 7 - Volunteering in the UW Extenison Master Gardener Program


Here's what you can expect

Master Gardener trainings have been offered through local UW Extension offices since 1985. Trainees receive approximately 40 hours of education on topics including: botany, soils, composting, season extension techniques (high tunnels, backyard greenhouses, low tunnels, raised bed gardening), growing vegetables and herbs, growing fruit trees and berry crops, trees and shrubs, lawn care, annual and perennial flowers, integrated pest management, diagnosing plant problems, entomology and volunteering in the Master Gardener program. Classes are taught by UW Extension educators with subject matter expertise specifically related to Wyoming growing conditions. You also receive an electonic copy (pdf) of your book - Sustainable Horticulture For Wyoming: A Master Gardener Handbook.

On average, about half of those who complete the Master Gardener training participate in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. After completing the training, Master Gardener volunteers give back to their communities through volunteer service. Volunteer activities are coordinated at the local level to address local needs and opportunities. Master Gardeners are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer time in their own communities. Wyoming Master Gardener volunteer activities include community beautification, community gardens, demonstration gardens, educational conferences and workshops, garden tours, plant production, office support for UW Extension, school gardens, youth programs, diagnosing plant problems, and yard calls. Volunteer opportunities vary by location and may not be available in all locations.

Whether you are a beginning gardener or have years of experience, you will take away knowledge and skills that make you a better gardener after completing the Master Gardener training. Many Master Gardeners continue with the program for years and years. The longer a Master Gardener stays with the program, the more they learn and the more they share. University of Wyoming Extension Educators and active Master Gardeners offer advanced education to build on your base of knowledge. Master Gardeners typically enjoy the social aspect of learning together, volunteering together, and helping others. 

Chris Hilgert, UW Extension Master Gardener Program Statewide Coordinator

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